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News Archive July 2020

Doing it themselves: Nearly half of brits have made improvements to their homes during lockdown 30 July 2020

Research by new bank Zopa reveals nearly half of Brits (43%) have made home improvements during or after lockdown and a further 44% plan to by the end of the year. A new study has found that 2020 is going to be a bumper year for home improvements, ...


Holiday homes on the rise: Homeowners set to make nearly £1bn from staycationers 29 July 2020

Holiday homes are the latest trend to arise from lockdown, suggests new research from UK’s leading trade directory Checkatrade,* with 30% of Brits considering letting their homes out to staycationers this year. They stand to make a potential £986 ...


Trade fair trio makes face-to-face meetings possible with its protection and hygiene concept 29 July 2020

With B2B business, it is particularly important to establish personal contacts and discuss solutions as well as experience products at first hand - this is the only way to achieve business objectives. These aspects are therefore also the ...


Surprising health benefits of DIY & gardening revealed in national campaign from Draper Tools 28 July 2020

Leading tool firm Draper Tools has lifted the lid on the consumer health benefits and the calories burnt during a range of home improvement jobs. A national campaign is underway to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of DIY and gardening and ...


HTA and Gerald Eve continue to campaign on Scottish garden centres ratings after recent successes 27 July 2020

James Barnes, HTA Chairman, and Gerald Eve, the HTA’s preferred partner on rating advice in Scotland, recently attended the Scottish Ratepayers Forum as part of the ongoing campaign to tackle the rates issues faced by garden centres in Scotland. The ...


Carl Kammerling’s Commitment to Supporting Retailers Proves a Big Hit 27 July 2020

CKI’s commitment to supporting retailers continues with the further extension of its fantastic Free UK carriage offer, which has proved a big hit with retailers looking to revive their business and drive sales during these challenging times. This ...


Gen Xers drive home renovations, Houzz survey finds 27 July 2020

Gen Xers (ages 40-54) accounted for two in five renovating homeowners in 2019 (42 per cent), according to the annual Houzz & Home UK survey of more than 7,500 UK respondents. Baby Boomers (ages 55-74) and Millennials (ages 25-39) follow in ...


Traeger sees UK sales soar in 2020 27 July 2020

More time at home and warm early summer months have been the perfect recipe for a huge boost in Traeger sales in 2020 - with sales of their 100 per cent natural hardwood fuel grills rising by over 350 per cent. Traeger - the grilling experts, who ...


IronmongeryDirect reports record sales figures 24 July 2020

IronmongeryDirect has reported its most successful month in history, with June seeing record figures for both order numbers and revenue.With many people turning to DIY during lockdown, the UK’s largest supplier of ironmongery experienced an 80% year-...


Unwanted tools to help change lives in Africa 24 July 2020

Following the launch of RGB Building Supplies’ Tools for Africa appeal in January, the builders merchant is thanking trades and the community for helping to donate 15 bulk bags full of preloved tools which have been passed to South West-based ...


Survey: Nearly 8/10 plan to staycation in their own homes and gardens 23 July 2020

Despite packed campsites and busy roads, new research has found that an overwhelming number of us are planning to holiday in our homes and gardens rather than at tourist destinations across the UK.The research by Aurora for Forest Garden, the UK’s ...


Kingfisher releases Q2 pre-close update 22 July 2020

Kingfisher plc (‘Company’, ‘Group’ or ‘Kingfisher’) is today providing an update on Q2 trading ahead of its Half Year results for the period ending 31 July 2020.Q2 trading to 18 July.As announced on 17 June 2020, Kingfisher’s Q2 20/21 Group LFL ...


Toolkit Talks from Jewson: Reducing the hassle for trades with online learning 22 July 2020

There is no question the coronavirus pandemic has been tough for the trade, with many suffering delays and cancellations to jobs. As the focus shifts to how the country recovers, national builder’s merchant Jewson is launching a series of FREE ...


Walker Mowers appoint ARB & Grounds as latest dealer 22 July 2020

Walker Mowers have announced ARB & Grounds as dealers to further strengthen their distribution network within the Derbyshire area. ARB & Grounds is a family owned business, selling and servicing garden/grounds machinery to its loyal ...


Bosch and Gardena establish Battery Alliance 21 July 2020

Bosch Power Tools is opening up its 18V battery platform of the ‘Home & Garden’ division to other manufacturers, thus setting a milestone: Bosch and Gardena will form an alliance in future and, together with other leading brands, will offer a ...


Announcement over October 1 re-opening of conference venues forces PATS Telford to cancel 21 July 2020

This year’s PATS Telford, the UK’s number one pet industry show due to take place on 27th-28th September 2020, has been cancelled following the PM’s announcement that conferences are unlikely to be allowed until at least October 1. Prime Minister ...


Scotland’s biggest family owned paint retailer secures £2.7 million investment from BGF 20 July 2020

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor, has invested £2.7 million in Stirling-headquartered family business, The Paint Shed, to expand its online presence and accelerate the roll out of additional stores.Image caption: (L to R) Michael ...


“We’re on your side” - Premium Christmas Trees vows to make it easier for retailers to drive sales of Christmas trees this festive season 17 July 2020

Following a year of unprecedented turmoil, this year’s festive season feels more important than ever as much of the population looks to Christmas as the shining beacon of hope on the horizon. With six months to go, many garden retailers will be ...


Sipcam Home & Garden becomes the exclusive distributor of Blumen International’s product portfolio in the UK and Ireland 16 July 2020

Sipcam Home & Garden, the company behind the innovative ecofective® and RHS Garden Care ranges, has signed a deal with Blumen International Ltd that will see Sipcam appointed as the exclusive distributor of Blumen’s product portfolio across the ...


Covid-19 and Lockdown to cause a 20% decline for the worktops market 15 July 2020

At the beginning of 2020, prospects for the worktops market were relatively positive with growth anticipated over the next 4-5 years, driven by a secure and growing house building sector. However, the arrival of the Covid-19 epidemic in early 2020 ...


HTA launches ‘Keep Britain Growing’ Campaign 14 July 2020

There is no doubt that coronavirus has had a devastating impact on British ornamental horticulture. However, lockdown has created an unexpected upside for the industry – which is that many more people have been encouraged into their gardens, ...


Eliza Tinsley relaunch, newly acquired, Reedy Pro and Greenman Garden Tools into the market place 13 July 2020

Eliza Tinsley, whose history in manufacturing and selling high quality fencing and hardware products dates back more than 165 years acquired Reedy Supplies Ltd in February 2020, a third-generation family business and well established name within the ...


AkzoNobel delivers robust profitability during Q2, despite COVID-19 headwinds 13 July 2020

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) today provides a further update on recent business performance and announces preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2020:Revenue 19% lower at €1,987 million (2019: €2,451 million)Adjusted operating ...


Carl Kammerling’s commitment to supporting retailers proves a big hit 10 July 2020

CKI’s commitment to supporting retailers continues with the further extension of its fantastic Free UK carriage offer, which has proved a big hit with retailers looking to revive their business and drive sales during these challenging times. This ...


Deck Supermarket opens its doors in Skegness 10 July 2020

Leading decking supplier, Deck Supermarket opened the doors of their first high street store on Saturday 4thJuly. They will be supplying to the local parks and Skegness community - allowing customers to get their garden, caravan, and holiday homes ...


Study reveals the most searched for DIY terms and lockdown impacting inflation 9 July 2020

There has been a consumer price inflation decline of 2.1% for tools and equipment for house and garden, whereas rising prices for gardens, plants and flowers resulted in an increase in consumer price inflation. Brits are turning to Google for not ...


BHETA publishes latest quarterly economic report on home enhancement industry 8 July 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has published its second quarterly economic report, which includes the impact of lockdown through to May 2020. This comprehensive document runs to almost fifty pages and pulls together multiple ...


spoga+gafa trade show postponed until 2021 8 July 2020

The next spoga+gafa trade show will now be held from 30 May to 1 June 2021. At the request of the industry, Koelnmesse is permanently moving the date for spoga+gafa to the first half of the year. In future, this means that the largest garden ...


Dulux Decorator Centre helping get the trade back on its feet 7 July 2020

Dulux Decorator Centre is helping the nation’s decorators build their businesses back up with a new job-finding service, alongside free Checkatrade membership*. The measures are part of their Backing Our Decorators initiative which has been ...


Mark Alexander, Managing Director of Benchmark Retail Services Ltd, receives and ‘Oarsome’ Award 6 July 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all areas of life but the experience of lockdown has been different for everyone. To the benefit of the sector, many turned to DIY to fill the extra time at home but with stores closed for all but ...


SEAMA joins BHETA 2 July 2020

The Small Electrical Appliance Marketing Association (SEAMA) has become part of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Its 14 members - G25Ltd, Meyer, Igenix (Pik-a-Pak), RKW, MPL Home, Vita-Mix, Ultimate Products, HoMedics, ...


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